June 27th, 2017 – The First International Day of Micro-, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Today, June 27th, 2017, is the first International Day of Micro-, Small, and Medium-Seized Enterprises as designated by the UN General Assembly on April 6th, 2017 through UN resolution A/RES/71/279.  In celebrating this day, I dedicate this article to the entrepreneurs of… Read More

Immigrant Investor Regional Centers: What Prospective EB-5 Petitioners Should Know Before Investing

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis EB-5 petitioners who are seeking this visa classification have two options for investing in the U.S.  – direct investment, where their qualified investment results in the direct creation or preservation of at least 10 permanent full time jobs for U.S. workers; or… Read More

“Oh What Talent You Have!” U.S. O-visas Options for Individuals with Extraordinary Abilities or Achievement

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Do you possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics? Do you have a demonstrated record of achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements? If you fall into… Read More

Why Startups Who Want to Scale to the U.S. Should Consider Participating in U.S. Startup Accelerator Programs

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis What are Startup Accelerators and what can they do for early-stage Startups? The term “startup accelerators” is often used as a catchall phrase to describe startup support programs, such as, incubators and angel investor programs, but not all of these programs are… Read More

Foreign Entrepreneurs Seeking EB-5 Visas Must Now Provide Substantially More Information To Be Considered for Visa Classification

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis As of June 9th, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new edition of the I-526 Immigrant Petition for foreign entrepreneurs seeking the EB-5 visa. This article discusses the new edition of form I-526 and the information that… Read More